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Top 10 riads in Marrakech

Dar Hanane<p>Near the Ben Youssef madrasa – the city’s most important Islamic school – this cute, six-room riad is one of the oldest houses in the medina, though you’d never know it. It’s arranged around a central courtyard shaded by bitter-orange trees (for making marmalade). You can sip tea by the …

High-tech headband looks to keep kids from drowning

Some drowning incidents can be easily prevented, and a wearable device wants to keep tabs on submersion time while your kids are at the pool. The iSwimband is a Bluetooth-enabled sensor that syncs up with an iOS device to alert you when that little one has been under water for too long. The gadget …

This Company Is Turning The Desert Green — And It Could Radically Change the Future Of Food

To meet the needs of a rapidly growing population, the oil-rich country must rely on imports for about 90% of its food. But there's a radical idea that's growing — against all odds — in the middle of Qatar's vast Arabian Desert.<p>It's called the Sahara Forest Project (SFP for short).<p>SFP was created …

Watch Out Google Glass, Smart Shoes Are On The Way

In India, you’ll be able to wear technology somewhere completely different: On your feet. Lechal is the world’s first interactive haptic feedback …

Physicist concocts ice cream that changes color when you lick it

What happens when a physicist decides to become a chef? If they're anything like Manuel Linares, then you can expect a fusion of food and science to come out of their kitchen. For instance, one of the Spaniard's masterpieces is an ice cream that changes colors when you lick it. He calls it the …

A 17-Year-Old Invented This Smart Device That Makes Clean Water And Power At The Same Time

The H2Pro turns dirty water and sunlight to clean water and power. What were you doing when you were 17?<p>Around the world, many of the 783 million people who don’t have clean drinking water also don’t have access to electricity. A new design from an Australian high school student aims to solve both …

Snorkeling

Aziza Chaouni: How I brought a river, and my city, back to life

How Australia Perfected Solar Power and Then Went Back to Coal

In the 1980s Australia led the world in solar technology. Fast-forward to 2014, and one of the country's largest solar farms has been canned. So what happened?<p><i>All images courtesy of the Clean Energy Council</i><p>There was a time in the 1980s when Australia led the world in solar technology. To begin …

Crops Grow On Fake Moon And Mars Soil

That means future space colonizers may be able to farm their own food using local dirt.<p>If humans ever set up permanent bases on the Moon or Mars, we'll need to be able to grow our own food there. To find out whether that’s actually possible, a team of scientists in the Netherlands planted 14 plant …

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The American family that built the world's biggest oil empire is going green

John D. Rockefeller's heirs pledge to sell-off nearly all investments in coal and tar sands by end of 2014<p>The name "Rockefeller" is basically synonymous with capitalism and oil, ever since family patron John D. Rockefeller founded Standard Oil in 1870 and went on to become the first billionaire in …

Tiny Spanish Island Nears Its Goal: 100 Percent Renewable Energy

It actually takes quite a lot of fossil fuel power to reach the tiny Spanish island of El Hierro. You have to catch a commercial jet flight, a propeller plane and then a ferry to reach what was once the end of the known world, before Columbus set sail.<p>But once you're there, there's no need for …

These Robots Will Mine Outer Space For Water And Minerals

Right now, though, “swarmies” are just rumbling around the Kennedy Space Center parking lot.<p>If we’re going to successfully colonize other planets after successfully ruining Earth, we’re going to need a logistics industry. That means roads, hangars, and fuel stations. It also means being able to …

A Cheaper Pair Of Glasses Brings Cheaper, Better Vision To The Developing World

As many as 700 million people around the world currently live their lives in a day-to-day blur.<p>Imagine what your life would be like if you needed glasses but couldn’t afford a pair. You would struggle to work, look after your family, and do all kinds of things glasses-wearers take for granted.<p>This …

Developing Countries